The trial of three men accused of murdering Rhyl father-of-two Mark Mason is approaching its conclusion.
The men all deny the fatal stabbing of the father-of-two in the car park of Home Bargains in Rhyl last October. James Davies (21) of Stoneycroft, Anthony Baines (31) of Kensington and Mark Ennis (30) of Walton also deny maliciously wounding Justin Trickett and Sam Illidge with intent.
A fourth man, Jake Melia (21) from Aintree, admitted all charges and is awaiting sentencing.
Delivering its summing up on Tuesday, Baines’ defence told Mold Crown Court that he could not have planned to assassinate Mr Mason because it would have been ”particularly inept for a man of his experience”.
The prosecution had argued the attack was carried out in revenge for an assault earlier in the day believed to have involved Mr Mason. But barrister John McDermott QC asked the jury if there was a possibility that Baines had been ”caught up in someone else’s crime”.
Mr McDermott also claimed the evidence of one witness had ”flown in the face” of the prosecution theory and that the case consisted of ”the death, some very indistinct CCTV, some finger prints, the silence of suspects” and little else.
Davies’ defence barrister, Patrick Harrington QC, told the jury that the defendant had been working for Baines for only a week so he could pay off his drug debt.
He claimed that forensic findings had proven there was no link with Mr Mason and described Davies as a ”very frightened young man” who was facing a very uncertain future.
Nigel Power QC, representing Ennis, told the court there had been no grievance on his part towards Mr Mason and he had merely been a member of the Pensarn Crew. He claimed there was ”no sensible basis” to conclude he had been possessing a knife.
When CCTV footage was replayed to the jury, Mr Power said it showed Ennis moving back from the van in which Mr Mason was a passenger moments after the attack began. He also accused the prosecution of lumping the defendants together.
The judge, Mrs Justice Nicola Davies, delivered her summing up of the case on Wednesday – the jury is expected to be sent out to consider its verdict on Thursday.